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John DeMont

John DeMont has been a columnist and Calgary correspondent for The Financial Post, a senior writer, Ottawa correspondent and Atlantic Provinces bureau chief for Maclean's Magazine and a senior writer and columnist for The Chronicle Herald. He has written six books including, most recently, A Good Day's Work, In Pursuit of a Disappearing Canada for Doubleday Canada. His books and articles have won many regional and national awards.

JOHN DEMONT: This snow just never seems to end, does it

JOHN DEMONT: This snow just never seems to end, does it

I’m hoping to make this fast, before the opiates and elixirs kick in, my tongue lolls in my mouth and the strabismus takes hold.
JOHN DeMONT: The wisdom of maps and our shrinking population

JOHN DeMONT: The wisdom of maps and our shrinking population

As you probably know by now, the latest Statistics Canada numbers are in and they make dispiriting reading for every Nova Scotian: after growing by less than one per cent from 2006 to 2011, our population was essentially flat during the last five years.
JOHN DeMONT: Hard days for people who work for a living in this province

JOHN DeMONT: Hard days for people who work for a living in this province

A couple of things lately have had me thinking about what it is like to work for a living in this province.
JOHN DeMONT: Here's to Steve, Patrick, Vince and Roddy

JOHN DeMONT: Here's to Steve, Patrick, Vince and Roddy

Of course, there are the signature people in your life, the family and friends whose loss, even years later, makes you gasp. But there are also the people who you don’t know a lot about but who you are always happy to see. They become part of your life.
JOHN DeMONT: Jan. 23 will be a cold Monday of the heart

JOHN DeMONT: Jan. 23 will be a cold Monday of the heart

The one-year anniversary of the Chronicle Herald strike will shake my notion that we are all predisposed to be excited about the future. So when that Monday comes, I'm counting on Thursday to save me.
JOHN DEMONT: Sometimes you just need a new perspective

JOHN DEMONT: Sometimes you just need a new perspective

I’m a creature of habit. For nearly a quarter of a century, when I looked out my window I saw a brick hulk of a building. It was a comforting sight.
JOHN DEMONT: First step to solving a problem: understand the problem

JOHN DEMONT: First step to solving a problem: understand the problem

And the first step in understanding Nova Scotia's economic problems could be taking another look at the Ivany report
JOHN DEMONT: This is the year for real resolutions

JOHN DEMONT: This is the year for real resolutions

I'm going to make up for my lack of past New Year's resolutions and when I arise tomorrow be prepared to barely recognize the man who stands before you.
JOHN DeMONT: Thanks 2016, it was good to know you

JOHN DeMONT: Thanks 2016, it was good to know you

2016, generally speaking, blew. But my experience is that, looking back, we mostly remember the good stuff about the past. So, here’s what I imagine sticking with me from the past 12 months.
JOHN DeMONT: Let's not become a province of party-poopers and sticklers

JOHN DeMONT: Let's not become a province of party-poopers and sticklers

If we don’t watch out, along with our reputation for being laid-back, friendly folks, we could become known for pinched-mouth prudery, a quality unlikely to be mentioned anywhere in Tourism Nova Scotia’s Doers & Dreamers guide.